March 30, 2016

Microbiome and mood, bone marrow transplantation, archaea in kangaroos, tardigrade genome contamination.


UC Berkeley Event: Archaea and the Three Domains: Classification of Life for Middle School

Microbiome expert to speak at UB –  Martin Blaser is a former president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, April 6-7 – Charlotte Hsu – University of Buffalo

Pregnancy and birth

Microbiome: Antibiotics and the infant microflora – Kristen Meyer & Kjersti Aagaard – Nature Microbiology

Human mouth microbiome

Accuracy of commercial kits and published primer pairs for the detection of periodontopathogens – Elisabeth Santigli – Clinical Oral Investigations

Human gut microbiome

Gut microbes in correlation with mood: case study in a closed experimental human life support system – L. Li – Neurogastroenterology & Motility

Anti-TNF Therapy Response in Patients with Ulcerative Colitis Is Associated with Colonic Antimicrobial Peptide Expression and Microbiota Composition – Maria K. Magnusson – Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis

Gut microbiota profiling of pediatric NAFLD and obese patients unveiled by an integrated meta-omics based approach – Federica Del Chierico – Hepatology

Commentary: Role of gut flora after bone marrow transplantation – Jonathan U. Peled – Nature Microbiology

Animal microbiome

Differences down-under: alcohol-fueled methanogenesis by archaea present in Australian macropodids – Emily C Hoedt – The ISME Journal

Mussel biofiltration effects on attached bacteria and unicellular eukaryotes in fish-rearing seawater – Eleni Voudanta – PeerJ

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Tobacco, Microbes, and Carcinogens: Correlation Between Tobacco Cure Conditions, Tobacco-Specific Nitrosamine Content, and Cured Leaf Microbial Community – Audrey D. Law – Microbial Ecology

Plant and soil fungal but not soil bacterial communities are linked in long-term fertilized grassland – Noriko A. Cassman – Scientific Reports

Drinking water microbiome

Flow cytometric examination of bacterial growth in a local drinking water network
Sam Van Nevel – Water and Environment Journal

Animal microbiome

Breakdown of coevolution between symbiotic bacteria Wolbachia and their filarial hosts – Emilie Lefoulon – PeerJ

Built environment microbiome

Review (but did not make much sense to me): Toward a microbial Neolithic revolution in buildings – David S. Thaler – Microbiome

Bioreactor microbiome

Functional maintenance and structural flexibility of microbial communities perturbed by simulated intense rainfall in a pilot-scale membrane bioreactor – Yuya Sato – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


News: Microbiology: Fungus produces a toxic surprise – Aaron P. Mitchell – Nature

Candidalysin is a fungal peptide toxin critical for mucosal infection – David L. Moyes – Nature


Spatio-temporal assembly of functional mineral scaffolds within microbial biofilms – Yaara Oppenheimer-Shaanan – NPJ Biofilms

Metagenomics and bioinformatics

Identifying contamination with advanced visualization and analysis practices: metagenomic approaches for eukaryotic genome assemblies – Tom O Delmont – PeerJ

myPhyloDB: a local web server for the storage and analysis of metagenomic data – Daniel K. Manter – Database

Detection of low-abundance bacterial strains in metagenomic datasets by eigengenome partitioning – Brian Cleary – Nature Biotechnology


Optimization of metabolomics of defined in vitro gut microbial ecosystems – Dirk K. Wissenbach – International Journal of Medical Microbiology

Microbial ecology

Review: Challenges in microbial ecology: building predictive understanding of community function and dynamics – Stefanie Widder – The ISME Journal

Microbes in the news

Another reason to break the habit: Smoking alters bacterial balance in mouth – EurekAlert

Pseudomonas aeruginosa in shampoos and shower gels made by Gilchrist and Soames – FDA warning letter

Acne bacteria and hot dog cookers: Science projects take center stage at regional fair – Matt Barney – The Joplin Globe

Cave bacteria could control superbugs – News24

The 8-Bit Game That Makes Statistics Addictive – Ed Yong – The Atlantic

Microbes and art

“World’s First” Bacteria-Grown Book Combines Science and Culture – Nathaniel Ainley – The Creators Project


Polish company to brew beer from Czech model’s vagina bacteria – Ben Hooper – UPI

First Vaginal Beer: Bottled Instinct – Wojciech Mann – IndieGoGo


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